Summer is in full swing which means beach days and pool parties. If you can’t make it on a beach vacation this year, don’t fear! Throw your own backyard or neighborhood pool party. But no pool party is complete without the essentials. So whether you have a swimming pool in your backyard or your apartment building, I’ll make sure you have everything you need to be prepared this summer.
These are my 12 pool party essentials that you need this summer.
12 Pool Party Essentials You Need This Summer
Safari One Piece
It’s obvious that the first pool party essential you could possibly need is the perfect bathing suit.
Don’t worry, because I’ve found it for you. This swimsuit is so flattering, it’ll look good on everyone! It has multiple ways that you can style the neckline, from a halter top to traditional v-neck. The quality of this suit is amazing, it’ll last you for years to come and I love the tie around the waist that really pulls the suit together.
Stand out this summer in this beautiful one piece swimsuit.
Of course you can’t show up to the party just in your swimsuit, you’ll need the right sundress to compliment your look.
One of the best things about summer in my opinion is dresses – and this Pima Sundress is just waiting for your next pool party. The blood orange color and bright details are the perfect summer neon, which means it’s going to compliment your tan perfectly.
Top Tiras Sandal
There’s a reason why Havaianas are the number one flip flop brand everywhere! They’re cute, comfortable and reliable. Which is why they are the perfect summer pool party shoe.
When you’re headed to the pool, you want a pair of sandals that can stand getting wet – you don’t want to wear your nice leather flats. Instead grab your favorite colors of Havaianas (like these in Rose Gold), they’re the ultimate pool party essential.
Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra Light Face Sunscreen
I’ll be the first to tell you that your number one summer (and pool party) essential is always sunscreen. And having a separate sunscreen for your face is so important.
Traditional sunscreens (those you’d use all over) are going to clog your pores and cause breakouts all summer. For your face you need something light weight and with good coverage. That’s why I always go with a mineral tinted and ultra light face sunscreen.
This sunscreen also has a gorgeous tint that gives you a glow without the need for a light coverage foundation.
La Roche-Posay is going to be your best friend all year-long. Protect your skin girlies!
There are two things I always believe in investing in: purses and sunglasses. A good pair of sunglasses can be a lifetime investment.
I’ve had my pair of Celine Sunglasses for well over 5 years now (so when you think about cost per wear… the investment is well worth the cost!).
I love the playful square cat eye style. It’s a classic style that’s not going to go out of fashion anytime soon. You can count on this pair of sunglasses to be your pool party go-to.
Westport Stripe Beach Towel
This cotton towel is so soft, and the stripes are a classic look. It comes in so many colors, you can really choose the style that speaks to you.
Now, you might be thinking, “Oh they’ll have towels there…” but having your own beach towel is essential for a pool party. I always bring my own towel to a pool party or beach.
I’ve never been a fan of the musty smell that beach towels get when they’re used and washed too much, plus they lose all their softness. But when you bring your own, you always know which chair is yours, and you know you’re sitting on a beach towel that’s going to be soft and fresh.
The Spencer Boater Hat
Lack of Colour hats are my favorite in the world. They have so many fun styles and they’re amazingly high quality.
I personally think this boater hat is perfect for your summer pool party (plus it would look great with the sundress that I shared above!)
If you haven’t invested in a Lack of Color hat yet, let the Spencer Boater hat be your first! I promise you’ll love it.
Lala 500ml Water Bottle
It’s vital that you stay hydrated at a summer pool party. It’s way too easy to start drinking cocktails or sangria and completely forget about water – that’s why I always bring my own bottle.
I personally recommend a glass water bottle – and this brk bottle is also wrapped in silicone, which just means it’s cute, easy to hold onto and less likely to break. It’s 500ml, which means you just need to drink a couple of these while you’re out in the sun to avoid heat stroke or a hangover the next day. I also love to bring along my favorite electrolyte packets by LMNT. The watermelon salt is my absolute favorite and it adds those much needed minerals back into your water.
Drinking water (and bringing your own reusable water bottle) is definitely a pool party essential!
Portable Bluetooth Mini Speaker
What better way to set the mood at a pool party than with a portable (and waterproof!) bluetooth speaker? You’ll be everybody’s best friend when you show up with the music.
Wonderboom is a great brand, it’s small enough that you can easily throw it into your bag, but it’s a surprisingly loud speaker for its size.
Inflatable Pineapple Pool Float
No matter what the theme of your pool party is, inflatable pool floaties are essential! And you can’t go wrong with a pineapple. It screams summer, and it matches with so many themes.
What I love about this float is that it’s easy to inflate and deflate, which means you can be in the pool in no time, without all the hassle of traditional floats that take forever to inflate. It also has a thick material which means it’ll last the summer (if you’ve ever bought a bad inflatable pool float before – you know how important this is!)
Lash Blast Volume Mascara
Enter your new best friend: the ultimate waterproof mascara. This mascara is so good, you’ll need makeup remover to get it off every time. It’s always a pool party essential because you don’t want mascara running down your face and ruining the fun. Look great all day with Lash Blast.
Lastly, I started carrying around a portable fan with me – and now I wouldn’t go anywhere without it.
Trust me when I tell you that everyone else is going to be jealous they don’t have one, and they might even try to steal yours (it happens to me all the time)! Having a portable fan is a pool party essential you didn’t even know you were missing until now.
In this case, I definitely saved the best for last.
What would you add to this list of pool party essentials? I’d love to know – come chat over on Instagram (@basiarestrepo). But if you want more outfit inspiration and fashion trends – join me on Pinterest! You’ll be the first to know what’s trending for the upcoming season there.